Hundreds of Acadiana residents assembled in Putnam Park across from the federal courthouse in downtown Lafayette for a TEA party, one of thousands held nationwide that kept Fox News spellbound for the better part of tax-deadline day. TEA is an acronym for Taxed Enough Already and makes allusion to the Boston Tea Party; it's a protest against government spending, burgeoning deficits, bank and auto bailouts, the roll back of the Bush tax cuts, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
Because the organizers of the Lafayette TEA event failed to secure a permit in the prescribed time, they were unable to erect a stage or use a public-address system. Instead, speakers took turns using a bull horn to address the crowd. Based on the signs carried by participants, their grievances were many: anti-stimulus spending, complaints of encroaching socialism, one branding Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel a fascist. The gathering, however, was peaceful, if not energetic, watched over at the margins by Lafayette Police officers and curious onlookers and fussed over with live coverage by local news channels.
The tea bag movement has been the object of derision and humor among many on the left, in part for its earnestness, but also because of its unintended reference to a certain sexual activity practiced by gay men. Organizers of some TEA gatherings had urged supporters to be wary of liberals with video cameras trying to capitalize on the double meaning of the term “tea bagging.” A YouTube video viewed more than 78,000 times makes reference to the entendre. Be warned: The video gets a bit salty at times.
Lafayette Parish School Board member Kermit Bouillion says he will defend his District 5 seat in the upcoming election.
The Louisiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity sent the pledge request to all 144 lawmakers in February.
The 5-foot-10, 203-pound former second-round pick has gone to three Pro Bowls in his five seasons.
U.S. District Judge James Brady had ruled that the corrections department must reveal by this week the information about where it obtained its two lethal injection drugs.
The enrollment period ends this month.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, March 12, 2014:
Abshire has rejoined the Lafayette Bar Association, where she previously served as marketing coordinator under longtime Executive Director Susan Holliday
Home-grown Baton Rouge market/deli heads to Lafayette.
Deadline for submitting noms for annual competition is March 15
Whitney Bank officials have confirmed that the downtown branch will cease to exist when it relocates its regional headquarters to River Ranch at the end of May.
So far the Democratic agenda includes proposals to expand Medicaid; increase the minimum wage; offer equal pay to women; heighten regulations on predatory lending practices, like payday loans; and add more transparency in the governor’s office.
Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super.
Downtown Lafayette restaurant launches new concept near Le Triomphe
Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story.
Yeah, it's smoked venison sausage stuffed in a suckling pig stuffed in a lamb and roasted over an open fire.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Reamco founders Brent Milam and Ashley Lane now shareholders in acquiring company and part of its management team.
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The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts